The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is holding the second of five recruitment open days for student nurses this weekend.
Taking place on Saturday 3 March from 9am – 5pm at Trust HQ, Pinderfields Hospital, the event will give candidates the opportunity to meet the team, have an interview and potentially be offered a job, ready to start on the wards when they graduate in September.
David Melia, Director of Nursing and Quality, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our recruitment days prove extremely popular, giving candidates a real opportunity to experience where they could end up working and the team they could be part of.
“New nurses starting at the Trust are now enrolled onto our Graduate Nurses Programme, which has been designed in recognition of the challenges new nurses face. It provides them with the support they need to make that transition, and develop as nurses.”
18 months ago Sanchia Lockett was the youngest of four nurses to join the Critical Care unit at Pinderfields Hospital.
Since that time her confidence has grown immensely and she is being given plenty of opportunity and support to develop her skills.
“The first time I stepped onto the ward as a fully qualified nurse was a bit nerve racking, but you are supported and guided by experienced colleagues every step of the way. I was constantly asking questions at first, but it so important in this job to get things right.
“Although there is still a lot to learn, I feel my confidence has certainly developed over the last 6 months which has also been recognised by my colleagues. On some shifts I have had Supernumerary and student nurses working alongside me, which has really helped to consolidate my learning. It makes you realise how much you know when you have to help someone else.”
In addition to supporting new staff, Sanchia has also spoken at a recent British Association of Critical Care Nurses study day. She was invited to speak to delegates about the importance of patient diaries, something she is passionate about and formed the basis of her dissertation.
“I didn’t think about it too much at first but about an hour before I was due to speak I got a bit nervous. I was speaking in front of some highly qualified nurses, with so much more experience than me.
“Once I got going though I was ok. I knew the subject matter inside out, which helped. There were quite a few questions at the end too which I was able to respond to.”
Sanchia has also begun helping one of the senior sisters to run a monthly support group for families and patients who have been affected by an admission to ICU/HDU.
“I always knew I wanted to work in Critical Care, and I knew there would be times when I found it hard,” she said. “The severity of the illness of the patients does mean that some of those patients we care for sadly do not survive. That can be really hard, especially as you spend so much time giving one-to-one care and get to know their families as well, but I definitely made the right decision. I love working here.”
In time, and with the support of the Trust, Sanchia is hoping to further develop her skills by completing her mentorship training and aspires to one day become an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.